Michigan Measles Up To 41; Washtenaw County Makes List

Grant Boone
April 10, 2019

Meanwhile, Auckland Regional Public Health Service said today it has been notified of three new measles cases, taking the number of confirmed cases in Auckland this year to 15.

In addition to 78 new cases added from March 28 to April 4, four more states added cases to the list on Monday. The newly confirmed cases were in Oakland and Washtenaw counties, bringing the case count to 39 in Oakland County, one in Washtenaw County and one in Wayne County.

Those who have received both doses of the vaccine were 99 percent protected from the measles, he said. However, the CDC says the two-dose vaccine is 97 percent effective at preventing infection.

I started to worry, as an adult who was vaccinated as a child, do I need a Measles Boaster Shot to protect myself and others?

Those born before 1 January 1969 are likely to be immune as measles used to be quite common, it said.

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This is already the largest number of measles cases since 2014, when a total of 667 cases were recorded, the officials say.

Many people are not sure if they were vaccinated or not, so here is what you can do. Back in the mid-20th century, measles cases in the U.S. numbered in the hundreds of thousands per year, but, by 1970, the disease had been almost eradicated thanks to the introduction of a vaccine for it.

On getting a measles vaccine before traveling out of the country: "It depends on factors such as your age and the vaccinations you've had before you can make a blanket recommendation".

Miller said If you have never had a dose of MMR vaccine now was the time to get one. The other option is that you can have your doctor do a blood draw to determine if you are immune or not, but that would take two trips to the doctors office.

People who were in these locations and are susceptible to the measles virus are at-risk of developing the illness. The virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.

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